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Monday, May 10, 2010

The Breakfast Post

I have been taking photos of my breakfasts for the last few weeks in efforts to share a few unique ways to have a healthy, satisfying, and delicious meal in the morning. Some of these recipes take longer than others, but I've added a few tips to save time. I try to use sprouted bread from Ezekiel because it is less inflammatory on the gut than plain whole wheat, since it is made using sprouted wheat and not wheat flour. I also love whole spelt bread, which is soft with a hearty flavor. It also has more protein than regular whole wheat bread.

#1 Ezekiel toast with almond butter and sliced bananas

Pretty simple...toast the bread, spread the almond butter, slice the banana. Done.

Here's another version, using an Ezekiel sprouted bun instead of toast:

#2 Steel cut oatmeal

This oatmeal is made using the recipe found at Dr. Ben Kim's website here with a little twist. Instead of cooking it stovetop, I put the oats (after they were soaked and the soaking water was removed) in a crockpot with the same amount of water as in Ben Kim's recipe. No slaving over the stove, and the oatmeal is hot and tasty in the morning! Just be sure that your crock pot doesn't run hot.

Here is what steel cut oats look like. They're the least processed form of whole oats, so they are the best choice in my opinion:

Soaking the oats during the day before putting them in the crock pot at night:

Cook overnight (1 cup of water per 1/4 cup dry oats) in the crock pot, and here's what you get:

Add fresh or dried fruit, honey or stevia, cinnamon, walnuts, flaxseed, or any combination for flavor and a balance of nutrients. I don't recommend eating just oatmeal with fruit because it lacks protein and fat and will likely not satisfy you longer than a few hours. This is my bowl of oatmeal, with the mix-ins:

#3 Brown rice cakes with peanut butter, bananas, and ground flaxseed

Can you tell I absolutely LOVE bananas? They're my favorite fruit. When berries are in season, I certainly mix it up with raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries...but bananas are truly my favorite.

#4 French toast and a veggie scramble (weekend breakfast)

First, make the French toast dip. Friendly eggs:

Mix in organic milk or unsweetened almond milk, as shown here:

Dip Ezekiel or spelt bread in the egg mixture and cook on the griddle:

While the French toast is cooking, make an egg scramble using mushrooms and onions (along with any other fresh veggies you might have on hand):

Here's the final product! Of course, I added bananas (because they're my favorite) to some cashew butter on top of the French toast. You can also use agave nectar or real maple syrup and real organic butter, but I'm telling you, any sort of nut butter is delicious:

The best part of all of this? Leftover French toast to heat up in the toaster oven the next day!

#5 Spelt cereal with almond milk

Get this spelt cereal at Sprouts or another health food store. I prefer almond milk to homogenized milk (raw milk would be best, if you can get it), and I add walnuts for healthy fat and some protein. Add fruit like strawberries, blackberries, or even peaches. As always, I adore the banana:

Here's what the spelt flakes look like:

#6 Hempseed protein shake

This is one of my favorite breakfasts, and it's chock full of nutrients and flavor. I love using hempseed powder because it has a lot of protein (11 g) and an incredible amount of fiber (14g):

Here's what I used:
4 T hempseed powder
1 T almond butter
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup unsweetened almond milk

(You can also use cocoa powder, yogurt, or even ground flaxseed!)

Add all ingredients to the blender:

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

#7 Ezekiel English muffins with avocado and hard boiled egg

Spread avocado over a toasted English muffin (try the Ezekiel brand - yes, they even have English muffins at Whole Foods) and slice hard boiled eggs on top. Serve with salsa. Really filling, satisfying, and delicious:

#8 A new PBJ

Three ingredients: sprouted bread, raspberries (smashed), and almond butter. A deliciously healthy twist of that familiar PBJ:

The most important thing is that you eat something for breakfast, even if these ideas don't strike your fancy. If you do, you'll get your metabolism kicking while fueling up with healthy foods that will give you energy to face the day! Enjoy :)


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